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#0844: Willa Cather to Blanche Wolf Knopf, [September 19, 1926]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My Dear Blanche1;

Nobody in the world was ever more delighted by a present4, and certainly nobody ever had more cause to be. I never saw such a beautiful blouse—it’s wonderful to have such an exotic thing drop down on one here in New Hampshire5. I have had it two nights and have worn it two nights, to the admiration of all. It’s just the right size. It’s so dazzlingly Chinese that I call it6 "the Shanghai’s Gesture"7!

I have nothing but good news about the "Archbishop"8. I am pretty well pleased with it. The Forum9 will begin publication in January and will use six instalments, some sixty thousand words, about three fourths of the entire text. I will have the your copy ready to go to the printers in November, can read the proofs early in the winter and be all ready for early publication next autumn10.

Please ask your secretary to telephone Frank Dodd11 regarding the enclosed letter, explaining to him why it is not possible12, and that you are bringing out the story13.

I wrote Mr. Samuel Knopf14’s secretary for several books some time ago—three copies of “My Mortal Enemy” and one copy of two copies of “A Lost Lady15.” Please remind her to send them along as soon as they are ready. The remaining complimentary copies of the new book are to be held at the office for me until I return. I shall be at Five Bank Street16 again this winter.

Your very grateful author Willa Cather